Mohd Amir Riaz from Pakistan writes:
I think that Congestion Charges is a good idea to control the
trafic, due this only Genieune peoples will go to that area. Except
this Congestio Charges, Govt have to take bold step to Stop The
Total Entrance of Vehicles in Central London to control the trafic.
Daniele Landini from Italy writes:
I read your article regarding the congestion charge with interest.
We have the same problem in our bigger city in Italy. I think that
common man or the smaller entrepreneurs in the centre of London
will be the most affected by this charge. They have to pay for this
charge. Business people or companys managers sited in London,
they usually use the car for few kilometres instead the public transport,
will escape it because the company pays for it, directly or indirectly.
I think also that increase tax for the London citizens will mean
to increase the inflation and that will mean to cut down the power
of the salary employers
new problems to resolve. The fundamental
thing to do is to increase the public transport of the Londons
and prohibit the centre to the private cars. At the same time, the
cost of the public transport has to be reduced to help the normal
people to use it. Also, the Government has to encourage all citizens
with every mean to adv the public transports. Simple charging commuters
by the congestion charge will not improve the situation.
Hyunki,Kim from the Republic Of Korea writes:
I don't think a congestion charge is a good idea. It will wither
interaction between London and another cities. And bad interaction
affects unblance growth in England. Best solution must be developed
public transport. And, The mayor of the city encourges people use
other transports: bus, subway, etc. Seoul has a traffic jam like
London. But, seoul has a good bus regulation that there is the road
for only buses. This road is only for bus, another vehicle is not
permitted. As a result, a bus has high speed in rush-hours. And
many people take a bus to go to their destination quickly.
AKIKO HAMAOKA from JAPAN writes:
I think a congestion charge is a good idea. People don't have
to use cars, because they have enough facilities of travel like
tubes or buses at the central of London. Cars lost the meanings
if they can move only in slower speed than when they drove around
in vehicles drawn by horses.
Moreover exhaust gas can be pollution in big cities, so they have
to reduce it for themselves. The most important thing is that everyone
has awareness about the harm by using cars.
MORIMOTO Reiko from Japan writes:
I think this congestion charging policy will not work successfully
for a long time. This is because even if people avoid using vehicles
because of charging, they tend to use cubes and buses, there will
be other problems. For examples, as there are too many people who
want to use cubes so that stations are too crowded and cubes are
not able to work on time or too many people wait for a bus so that
people have to make a long queue, which is an obstacle for pedestrians
or cars. The problem is that when we deal with problems about traffic
jams in a big city such as London, New York, Tokyo, etc, we have
to think about how to avoid for too many people to gather around
Ryan from South Korea writes:
Actually nowadays London's traffic congestion is very acute
I suppose. I live in Seoul, which is the capital of South Korea.
About 12 million people live in there. If I may say so, Seoul's
traffic jams are more serious than London. Owing to the car pollution,
many problems ensued. So few years ago government made a decision
exactly same as this 'Congestion charge. And what's more it
seemed like pretty successful. But nowadays, its getting to
worth again. Personally I think, it's not perfect solution to pay
a toll. First of all, they should improve public transport. I mean,
it should be cheaper than now and also quality should be better
Darek Piskorz from Poland writes:
In my opinion a congestion charge isn't the luckiest idea as
people will have to pay next fee. What's more a freedom poorer will
become limited. The best way to solve this problem is extension
a city centre. Also more paths only to bicycles like in Amsterdam
can be good idea.
nguyen thanh hang from Japan writes:
i think a congestion charge is a good idea.In my country,Vietnam,
the problem of traffic is also urgent.So this solution is practical.
This makes people pay more attention when coming to the centre and,of
course, accidents will reduce. Only by firm regulation can people
olig to the traffic laws.
Mitsuko Yamada from Japan writes:
I actually found out that the traffic jam has been recently
so serious problem in London. For my opinion, avoiding to introduce
the system, which the citizens have to pay for entering the center
ot the city by car,is the best, but there is nothing for it but
to do so under the present conditions. Decentralization of the capital
functions is effective in order to settle the problem. Also in Tokyo,
there is a rumor that the plan has discussed for a long time, and
the toll like that in London will be under consideration in the
Metropolitan Assembly. Anyway, every big city throught the world
has always such a kind of problem.
Hangjin, Kim in South Korea writes:
I think that the best way to control traffic is to introduce
"10 share car act";it prohibits driving cars whose the
end number of car number board have the same number like the number
Condecting this law, the problem of congestion traffic would
be solved easily.
engpan in China writes:
i dont think it ia a good idea to make a congestion charge.the
best is to build more roads .
Anja Neff in Germany writes:
I live in a very small village. There´s less traffic and
most drive by bus to school. I think petrol should be done more
expensiver perhapes this measure would help that people drive not
as much as they today do.
Manabu Watanabe in Japan writes:
I think that congestion charge or tax is one of the best ways
to control traffic. To add to it, government should alleviate the
rate of congestion tax for users of eco-friendly car so that eco-friendly
car would be more popular. My living town, Tokyo, also has a problem
of traffic congestion, especially on highway road. In Japan, many
people think that fee for using highway road is so expensive, and
highway should be free to use, like freeway in United States. But
I think that the highwayfs fee in Japan has a role of congestion
tax. And if highway became a free road, traffic jam couldnft
Bulent Ozhim in Turkey writes:
In my opinion public transport must be very cheap as well so
that people will tend to use it instead of driving. In Istanbul
traffic is a real problem especially during rush hours because public
transport is not sufficient and developed. If public transport is
supported there won't be any need to charge drivers because they
will prefer taking the tube or buses to spending their hours in
traffic jam. Thank you and have a nice congestion-free day!
Jessica from China writes:
I am from Shunde district,Foshan city,China.
I think that is not a good idea, here our mayor had already withdrawed
almost all the tolls inside our city and remain about 5 tolls enclosed
our city and charge foreign city vehicles and citizens are free
of charge, natives are very glad to have that good news.5 pounds
might mot be much, but if each day you have to pay, that might not
be afforded by workers etc.
chen,shang-pen in New Zealand writes:
I thank the best idea to contral the traffic in cities is using
the public transport,like bus or something else. The private car
to put in big car park in outside city,only like Taxi, bus or some
like emergency car can drive can be drive through in city. congestion
charge is very bed ida, because thay will make rich people can drive
to city how about another people?
Hosokawa@Hirofumi from Japan writes:
I think congestion charging for every car is good idea but this
idea won't be able to eliminate traffic jam. So we should ban driving
car in London, and use bycicle like German.
BABA OMAR from Canada writes:
in my opinion,Iam with public transfer
because that is only solution for traffic problems ,or make new
zhoudongping from China writes:
In my city, we don't have so much cars, so there not exits this
problem.But I think congestion charging for every car going to go
london is a good idea.
uijingqun from China writes:
I think this congestion charging should be useful. But I don't
think it can reduce traffic at least 10%. Since it is conveniece
that the traffice in London, there are subways/bus and so on. It
is not bring less cars and it is also congest. For the people used
to drive to London, will not change their habits for it is not convenient.
Xu Zhen from China:
I learned that the traffic jam in developed countries are a
real trouble but while in some developing country is not as serious
as a society problem. Because the vehical motor cars are not the
main transport ways there. I advise the government encouraging people
living in the city london using bicycles . It have many advantages,
you can take excise while riding a bicycle , if taking too much
time in a car will make people looks like a couch potato. It's useful
when you do not have to go to a far place. But if you want to get
to a distant place ,it's better to build more bridges in the city
,build more lane beneath the earth or broad the road size. charging
fees won't work if people really want to use a car. In my hometown
there are about 6 million civilians live here ,without any underground
public trains but have less traffic jams although it's growing these
years. People using bicycles everyday, but it have problems that
you'd better live near the place you work or have education.these
years people are more and more adaping motor cars which cause the
increasing traffic problems. I don't believe congestion charge will
work.People would be lost their temper by fining pounds. it works
to the poor person but have no use to the riches.
Chellen from China (Hong Kong) writes:
I think that they can solve the problem by making law to confine
people not to drive their vehicles in London. Thus, they must use
the public transport in order to go to the destination. If the people
are rich enough to pay the charge, the charge seems to be a kind
of way to increase to revenue of the country, but the problem can
be solve in the most effective way.
Eduardo from Venezuela writes:
That is insane; paying a toll will not reduce the quantity of
cars in downtown London. That will create that many people get angry
with the system and not paying the amount of money. The best way
to reduce the quantity of cars in a city is with very expensive
parking like 4 pounds per hour, that will force drivers to use public
systems like train or buses, or in the best of the cases many persons
by car who can share the expenses.
Ernie from Peru writes:
It seems that the major of London has not got another solution
for the traffic the city. In Lima we have got a similar situation,
but the last major made a big highway accross the city. We do not
have any metro or electric train in Lima, the new one is under construction.
As far as i am concerned, with the population growing it will appears
more traffic problemas, the authorities must take into acount this
Tung-Hsiu Cecilia Shih from Taiwan writes:
I think it's a good idea to charge the congestion fee for every
car that will go to London. It will either discourage people from
driving into London, or gain more money for public transportation.
In my opinion, convenient, safe, comfortable and cheaper public
transportation will make people like to use it better than drive.
In London the tube doesn't have a good attactive condition to get
people's trust, so getting money from vehicles and improving public
transportation conditions will improve both traffic and pollution
Tetsuya in Japan writes:
Needless to say, the best way to control traffic is to have
a reasonable city development plan made by government first of all...
I'm from Tokyo and I cannot stop blaming the Japanese government
for its thoughtlessness in the city bulding plan. I conditionally
agree with the policy. The condition is to exempt people from the
congestion charge when it's indispensable for their business, namely
for her/his life to enter into the center by car. For instance,
a person who operates a retail shop within the area.
Rachel Lee from Taiwan writes:
In my opinion, congestion charging is a really good idea for
people who live in London. Because that's good for the citizens
and the tourist. For the citizens they definitely won't worry about
the traffic jam for them and there will be less pollution. For the
tourist they will almost certainly enjoy the city tours more because
they don't have to worry about the time.
Furthermore, the government has to encourage people to use public
Belinda wei from China writes:
In my opinion I don't think paying tax is the best way to control
traffic in cities. Paying tax just gives people more burdens, nobody
wants to pay money, do they? Paying tax only increases the income
of the government, but the number of the vehicles doesn't decrease.
This means nothing will change except pay £5 tax. So I think
if people want to control traffic in the cities, the goverment could
decrease the number of the people who drive the their own cars,people
can use public vehicles,like bus. It's a good way to solve the question.
Think about how to decrease the pollution,just pay tax? of course
not. Therefore, I think it's not the best way to control traffic.
Nguyen Doan Le Minh from Vietnam writes:
I live in Hanoi, it is the capital of Vietnam. In my city, congestion
is a sore point of the city's goverment and it is the big problem
of all cities over the world. But the congestion charging will only
become successful when we have a good public transport system. Because
people have to choose the other ways for transport. So that the
best way is first we use a system congestion charging, then we take
the money from it to develop this system public transport. Anyway
I think the congestion charge is the best way for the big city.
Lucia Helena from Brazil writes:
I think that the best way to control the traffic in big and
crowded cities is to give more cheaper and comfortable facilities
for the users. Giving choices to people who have to go to work or
to people whose jobs depends on the transports as delivery, for
example. I live in Rio de Janeiro, which is one of the most crowded
cities in the world. A good option there is still to use the tube.
Otherwise they are still building the system. On the other hand,
it could be better if some people could have more respect about
the others who choose to use bicycles or alternative ways of transport.
About having a congestion charge, it seems to me a bad deal for
people who depend on their own way to transport to do or to go to
their jobs. In this case, maybe to take care about the tubes will
help the citizens who are feeling bad about the bad services. Also
could be increasing specific hours to come into the center by car
and only with special reazons to do that. Maybe, another idea is
to have a safe car park around, where people could leave cars and
go walking to their places.
Seyma Erdede from Turkey writes:
I think it`s a good idea but this fee is very expensive. In
my country is the same problem. I live in Istanbul. Traffic jam
very very rush. Some people have a lot of ideas but people do not
struggle. London is very a crowded city. In this way it`ll be better
about pollution, people may relax in the traffic.
I hope my city will use this way.
Torisaen Edwin from Belgium writes:
I think that the best way to control the traffic in a city is
to reduce the way for cars and to increase the ways for both bicycles,
walkers. In Brussel the traffic is intensive too (but meaby not
like in London). When you try to cross Brussel from north to south
a week day, you take 3 or 4 times more time than during the week-end.
I am not really accord with the fact to pay a congestion charge
but it give meaby work on people and that's a good think.
Kangfen in China writes:
I donot think it is a good and effective way to control the
.How about increasing the price of gas, building more transportion
system , or make certain period time for cars to special direction.
Maybe all these can be put together to help the traffics. Thanks
for your attention.
Md. Abdul Hanif in Bangladesh writes:
I've read about the congestion charge in the newspapers &
I would like to express my opinion. Firstly,I think it will reduce
traffic & pollution which is why it's an excellent policy. However,
£5 is quite expensive for small businessmen & individuals
and public transport, especially underground is not ready to cope
with the situation. I remember when I was in London in busy underground
trains, it was horrific.
I hope you find my comments useful.
katayoun in pamir writes:
I think congestion charge is quickest
way but it is not the best idea.I think
the best way is to incorredg peopel to use other transports like
M Sani in the UK writes:
It is certainly true that our cities are becoming busier as
we are getting progressed in our life. In ancient times when life
was very hard on earth, and human being struggled hard for his bare
existance. By the time human being has developed various skills,
to protect hisself against the disasters of nature like sun, rain,
storms etc, in order to live a comfortable life. But still his life
was not in comfort, he had to travel long distances in years, months
and days. At present with the blessing of science man has invented
many machineries that can help him in daily routine. Our cars, buses
etc are few of them. Beside their a lot of benefits like comfort
and saving time, they have few disadvantages such as pollution,
The traffic congestion is one of the major problems in our cities.
Instead of saving our time the transport facilities waste a lot
of time. The good example is London city which is old planned city
and the roads are not that wide as we need nowadays. In my view
to overcome this problem government in those countries where such
problems exist should persuade thier people to use public transport
much often in spite of using thier personal cars. The government
also should provide much better service in public transort- buses,
trains and charge less money which is affordable for everyone. It
is certainly true that London is becoming more congested, day-by-day.
In my view the initiative of congestion charges in London is best,
to deal with this problem. There could not have been a better cure
for this problem.
David Bosch in Mexico writes:
México city, a hell yalking about traffic jams. For example,
It takes the same time a journey to from the outside to the centre
of the city and travelling to Queretaro by motorway. I guess the
average speed is of 3 miles an hour, at times less.
Luiz Azevedo Junior in Brazil writes:
It´s to provide a hight quality public transport and offer
whatever people are searching in downtown near their houses. Nowadays
a live in medium town in Parana State called Foz do Iguaçu
that is calm, but before was terrible in Rio were public transportation
is ruined. -No, becouse is new charge and is short view solution
for a complex problem
kukulion in China writes:
I think its a good way to charge the vehicles. As in China, nowadays,
the private cars are getting more and more. We also considering
some means to solve this problems. In my opinion, there still some
other ways to speed up the traffic.We can try to divide different
kinds of traffic means into different roads,that is to say, the
car use its special way,and the bus use other way,also the vehicle
use the left.
William Naguib in Egypt writes:
The congestion charge is a good idea beside using general transportaion
on a large scale
David Wang in China writes:
I think to pay the additional credit of a congestion charge
is not the essential way to sovle the traffic problem.In china there
also have the same mater in SHANGHAI OR BEIJING.My suggestion is:let
the people living Lodon center drive by bicycke instead of car.That
will cut the traffic
Cesar Augusto da Costa in England writes:
I agree with congestion charges but it would be great,if it
could work 24 hours, because it is better way to decrease illegal
taxis.I approve of the new bendy buses but think that public transport
should be improved much more before people will use it for all their
I hope you find my comments useful.
Mansour Alimadadi in Iran writes:
There is many cases for control of traffic and i have to point
to some. I think one of ways is phasing out of delapidated cars
and the other one is lowering imigration to the big cities by making
It was answer of first question. and now secound , in our city[tehran]lookes
like a overcrowded box and cars is similar to
a heavy flood . now answer of third, i think when a congestion charge
can be usefull that payment of this fee be hard for all.
kongfeifei in China writes:
i think the congestion charge is a good idea.
Omar Moufakkir in The Netherlands writes:
I have read comments posted by other "concerned and sharing"
people and found one of particular insight. It says: Ïf everyone
in the world can love the earth, they should know what to do".
To charge or not to charge is a complex question. Charging may be
a short time "unfair" solution. However, for an effective
solution in the long run, there is a need to raise ethical values.
people all over the globe, icluding Londoners, should revise their
views about the Earth and the purpose of their existence. It is
only then that they can be able to use their cars as little as possible.
Money won't stop them from using their cars the same way tax on
cigarettes did not stop people from cigarette consumption. Raising
awereness about the dangers of conspicuous consumption is, to me,
the antidote to vice. If you love the earth and your children you
will find ways to use your car as little as possible. These ways
should come from within. Charging for congestion won't help much,
! but it could be a starting point for people to seriously think
about the beautiful London.
Vuthy Keo in Cambodia writes:
In my veiw, I don't think paying for driving through to a city
is the best way of deducting traffic problem. This mak citizens
who live in city unhappy, angry , and then they will think other
ways to goverment.
Beluh Mabasa Ginting in Indonesia/Jakarta writes:
1.Every people (there is no exception)who lives in London not allow
having more than 2 cars(private car)
2. Every students and lecturers must use general bus when they
are going to their school or universities.
Mohammed Rahman in Bangladesh writes:
Congestion charge is the best way to remove traffic from cities.
I know about its. This is a fantastic idea .
MARY MA in NewZealand writes:
in my opinion, a congestion charge might be not the best idea,
but it is the most effective one.there is the same problem in different
big cites of the world.In Auckland, where i live, there is terrible
traffic jam in rush hour, the motorway like car park.as far as i'm
concerned,expand city to countryside might be a good way to reduce
Mark Huang in China writes:
I think the best way to control traffic in cities is to offer
free buses in the city.We'll not drive a car if we don't need to.
Guangzhou's traffic is really very bad,because there are so many
privit cars here. I think problems will not be solved by taking
congestion charge.Because it's unfair for those who have to drive
between cities frequently.
leng weihua in Singapore writes:
it is a boring thing when you drive a car but the speed is like
a carriage.In Singapore the government controls the traffic through
two ways.one is paying a congestion charge and the other is limiting
the number of cars.it is not as easy as in USA or other Europe countries
owning a car when you are in Singapore.i think the government should
do something like a congestion charge to control traffic and protect
Pablo García Caffi in Argentina writes:
* The best way to control traffic in cities is not allow private
cars enter the city center. People should use alternative transport.
* In my city (Buenos Aires) traffic is a caos during rush hours.
* Congestion charge is a good idea because it mitigate the problem
and bring money to the City Hall.
LEONIA GONDIM in BRAZIL writes:
I don't think a congestion charge is a good idea.All citizens
have to pay lots of compulsory taxes,and I consider that one unfair.Imagine
how much extra money everyone who works in central London will spend
The biggest city in Brazil,called SAO PAULO, has been trying to
solve the problem of traffic jam and polution on a different way.They
don't charge any tax and there is advertisements on TV,persuading
the drivers to leave their cars at home at least two days a week.Lots
of drivers accept that kind of suggestion taking a ride with colleagues
or sometimes taking a bus.
In short,I think the most important thing is having the number of
cars reduced without charging any congestion charge.Maybe discussing
this issue with the drivers a suitable solution for the problem
should be found.
Leonia Gondim -RECIFE- BRAZIL.
Ryoko Kamizato in Japan writes:
My hometown Okinawa has also been congested all the time because
there is no trains in Okinawa. Now we have special traffic law called
bus lane, which only bus can use a certain lanes during the rush
hours. But I don't think it works well. The main reason why the
traffic is always heavy here is because our public transportation
is very poor. I think if the public transportation becomes better,
people do not feel necessaty to have cars much. What do you think?
alper in England writes:
hi, i think it is not enough that congestion charge is just
including cars.i am a student in london and i m living here for
3 months and when congestion charge applied,anything changed particullarly
aroun oxford street.i think especially cabs should banned from the
traffic around oxford street.the most congestion area in 1 zone
is this area i think.especially oxford street must available just
public vehicles.the people who wants to take a taxi can go the area
where they can reach cabs by bus.then if they want,take the cabs
from there.i think the problem is comig for because of cab crowd
in this main streets. this is very strange an advise.isnt it.
Carina Eckstein in Germany writes:
I come from a German School. We had read your News in our English
lesson. In my opinion it´s good to pay a toll if you would
like to drive in London City. London isn´t then so congested,
because many people use the Bus or Taxi.
Sorry, my English isn´t good!
Thorsten Grätsch in Germany writes:
my name is Thorsten and i am 26 Years old an i go to school in Fulda/Germany.
Sorry, but my english is not so good. We discuse in English about
the toll in London. I think it is a good idea, because the city
are all full with cars and nobody use for example bus and so...
We have in Germany the some problems with cars and nobody like it,
but nobody do anythink against it. I with you good luck with your
test in London. The lesson is over and i go home......
Patrick Kim in Germany writes:
I think it's right to pay toll. Because
the city get's more money to repare the
demaged streets. The traffic noise get's less this is especially
nice for the people who live in the centre of London. The airpollution
get's less too and the historical buildings of London aren't getting
demaged from the dust.
Muhammad Ishtiaq in Pakistan writes:
Though its good step to avoid traffic load by imposing entrance
fee. But it would be cosmetic step, the best thing is to make awareness
among the public. It might take some time but once they understand
there would be much better results.
It is my personal experience if the change comes from with in the
society that would be long lasting.
Rang Singh in India writes:
There r two, three things through which traffic would be controlled-
1- mostaly some official person who only goes to their office they
should not use their own car or bike because they everyday use same
distance for same place.They can use public service to go his office.They
should forget their 'ego'.
2- Some financial company provides facility to Vehcile loan, they
should give loan to only those who is needful person.
3- Government should pass a high tax to those who has car.
Fred Maher in Spain writes:
Traffic Congestion: The idea of excluding the commuter daily
traffic is logical. But the main problem is not the cars themselves,
but the distances that people are from their workplaces. The "flight"
from the city was possible thanks to the car and high city house
prices helped to increase the number of people living in suburban
So if we stop cars getting them to work, then those old "
uneconomic· feeder country bus routes are needed to get them
to work. The journey times MIGHT theoretically be shorter, but in
practice, the time to get to work is extended due to at best a composite
journey with two changes. However many people will have to take
the car to a bus-stop, then to a train station then to the tube.....
All very long and protracted...Solution? Buy a car.
HuangFang in China writes:
In my view, it is not a good ideas, maybe it does work during a
period of time, but for a long run, it can't solve the basic problem.
i think: first:government can build more subways, but the cost is
second: improve the price of cars and oil, and encourge citizens
Chrysanthemum in China writes:
Mostly city facilities are for citizens and guests. To pay a
toll to drive into center city to an extent can reduce the pression
of the heavy traffic. More speedy and convenient public transportations
like subways,suspended cable cars are effective solution for overcrowded
samatar ahmed in Somalia writes:
I think that is the best way more traffic can be controled from
downtown in my opinion.A lot of people dont want to pay money driving
in centeral london.
JOSE LUIS PEREZ in MADRID(SPAIN) writes:
I AGREE WITH PAYING TAXES TO ENTER WITH CARS IN THE CENTRE OF LONDON.HERE,IN
MADRID,THERE ARE MANY CARS WHICH ENTER EVERY DAY TO MADRID.IT IS
ESTIMATED THAT 500.000 VEHICLES USING THE STREETS OF MADRID AND
MOTORWAYS.BESIDES,THE MAYOR OF MADRID HAS NOT SPENT MONEY TO IMPROVE
THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN THE CITY.AS A RESULT,MANY PEOPLE TAKE THE
CAR FOR SILLY MATTERS SUCH AS BUYING A BREAD OR NEWSPAPER.IT SUPPOSES
THAT MADRID HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF POLLUTION IN EUROPE.IN ORDER
TO DECREASE THE POLLUTION,THE COUNCIL TOWN HAS PUT PARKINGS TO AVOID
THE COLLAPSE OF THE STREETS OF MADRID.THANKS.